Barmouth - Tywyn - Aberdovey Coast Guide

Barmouth is a small town situated at the mouth of the River Mawddach and was once a port for the slate trade but today is a centre for tourists. The old town is attractive with steep steps and small cottages huddled together on the hillside with views to the estuary below. 

                                                                         Barmouth Wales

There is a long beach at Barmouth which stretches 6 miles north to the village of Tal-y-Bont. The beach is within a Site of Special Scientific Interest  and adjacent to a national nature reserve. This area is ideal for swimming, fishing, surfing and windsurfing. Gwynedd Council have jet ski zoning for the whole of Cardigan Bay. Walking is very popular around the village and the best views can be seen on the Panorama Walk which starts at Dinas Oleu above the town. The Mawddach Trail follows the banks of the river and is waymarked. 


Tywyn is a small seaside resort around 10 miles south of Barmouth. It is located within an area of sand dunes and has a good sandy beach which stretches for 4 miles to the south. The Talyllyn Railway, a narrow gauge railway runs 8 miles inland from Tywyn to the village of Abergynolwyn where a number of walking routes begin. The railway was built in 1865 and was the inspiration for the Thomas the Tank Engine children's stories written by Rev W Awdry who worked on the railway for a time in the 1950s. 

Some sections of the beach towards the Aberdovey end are popular with kite surfers and kite buggies which can be hired on the beach, lessons are available.


Aberdovey lies 3 miles south of Tywyn on the banks of the River Dovey it is a small seaside resort with access to a large beach to the north. The town is a popular seaside resort and gets busy on the main holidays with people coming from the Midlands area of Britain. 

Places to visit around the Barmouth area

Barmouth and Fairbourne Steam Railway - runs 1.5 miles to the coast to catch the ferry to Barmouth.

Cader Idris - a 892 metre peak that overlooks Barmouth.   

Centre for Alternative Technology - Has a wide range of sustainable technologies on display. Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ Phone: 01654 705950 For details visit: CAT

Dolgellau - is a small market town around five miles inland from Barmouth

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